When You Should Eat Breakfast — and When You Can Probably Skip It … the age-old question, is discussed by Julissa Trevino in the Health Section of Popular Science, 3 September 2018.  It’s complicated!

Though research on the impact of breakfast has focused on short-term effects, rather than long-term impacts, as of now, there’s no conclusive evidence that skipping the meal is damaging to your health. However as a whole, our body’s responses to breakfast are mostly positive, says Kristin Gustashaw, a clinical dietician at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center who says that most people would benefit from eating something in the mornings.

Aside from this generality, there are certain groups of people from whom breakfast is key. For athletes who need to boost their exercise performance, for those taking an exam—or anyone with tough a cognitive day ahead of them—and of course, if you wake up hungry, breakfast makes a difference.

As for skipping breakfast? On average, Gustashaw says, “people who do eat breakfast [are] less overweight, less obese, [and] ls likely to have diabetes.” Also, according to some studies, breakfast skippers on the other hand smoke, drink more, and exercise less. However, these are just associations; none prove a cause and effect, she says, adding that there needs to be more research into what’s happening metabolically.

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Nutrition and your doctor is an interesting discussion about what your doctor DOESN’T know about nutrition, by Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist with a special interest in intermittent fasting, on his website, DietDoctor.com, 9 December 2018.

There are certain things that doctors are great at. How to prescribe medications? Yes. How to do surgery? Yes. Nutrition and weight loss? No, definitely not. You might be a little stunned to hear that admission, coming from a highly trained medical specialist like myself. But, it all comes down to a physician’s training and what they see as their circle of competence.

 Medical training extends over more than a decade, and there is barely any attention paid to nutrition or the equally thorny question of how to lose weight. Medical training begins in medical school, where standard curricula include a mandated number of hours for nutrition which varies depending upon where you did your training. Generally, during the 4 years of medical school, it is about 10-20 hours.

Medical school provided less training in real life nutritional questions than most health clubs or gyms. As a result, doctors are trained to believe that nutrition and weight loss are simply not part of the problems that doctors should deal with or care about. Medical students model their own self-image as a doctor on their mentors they meet in medical school. And those doctors and those researchers didn’t give a rat’s ass about nutrition or weight loss.

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Why so many people are becoming allergic to meat was published by Maryn McKenna on CNN.com, Health, 11 December 2018.

The author’s friend is allergic to the meat of mammals and everything else that comes from them: dairy products, wool and fiber, gelatin from their hooves, char from their bones.This syndrome affects some thousands of people in the USA and an uncertain but likely larger number worldwide, and after a decade of research, scientists have begun to understand what causes it. It is created by the bite of a tick, picked up on a hike or brushed against in a garden, or hitchhiking on the fur of a pet that was roaming outside.
The illness generally goes by the name “alpha-gal allergy” after the component of meat that triggers it. Indeed, there is a pre-existing sensitivity, indicated by a high level of antibodies (called immunoglobulin E, or IgE for short) to a sugar that is present in the muscles of most mammals, though not in humans or other primates. The name of the sugar was galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, known for short as alpha-gal. 
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